Chateau d’Yquem 1998

Chateau d’Yquem – Great First Growth Sauternes

Bill Blatch: The undisputed king of the ‘98s, this Yquem has a fragrance and elegance that set it right apart from the rest. It is sweet OK, as sweet as the Tour Blanche in fact, which is often the sweetest wine of any vintage, but you just don’t feel the sweetness. It is still young compared to other ‘98s, quite pale in colour, very fine, tight-styled and restrained: you feel it has a lot more to give. Almost a pity to drink it now (whereas the ’97 is perfectly mature), but if you want to capture the essence of Yquem in a glass, this is the one.

£1046.66 / half case halves

Wine Advocate – Score 91/100
International Wine Cellar – Score 95/100: Pale gold. Knockout aromas of creme brulee.
Wine Spectator – Score 89/100: Cooked apple, with hints of honey.
Jancis Robinson – Score 18/20

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